About LCPL. Eric A. Palmisano Care Package Project
Now, as we stood there just staring at the packages, we knew we had to do SOMETHING. My husband, Herb, suggested that even though Eric could no longer use the items we had so lovingly packed for him in those Care Packages, his fellow Marines would most certainly have need for them. So we opened up the packages, removed our notes to Eric and other personal items related only to him, and repackaged and sent them on to the Chaplain of Eric’s Unit at Al Asad, Iraq. Thus began the L.Cpl. Eric A. Palmisano Care Package Project. Since that time, my husband Herb and I have mailed out just over 5,000 Care Packages to Soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, all with donations from our community, our friends, and our church. In addition to the cost of the items we pack in each Care Package, an additional $18.45 must be set aside for each package for shipping. When the project first began in late April 2006, the shipping cost was $8.50 per box, and it has since increased to $17.35. When the Care Package Project began, we were shipping out at least 4 boxes every week, and even though that remains our goal, some weeks it is less. My husband and I understand how tough our economy is now, and what a challenge it is to simply pay our everyday bills – much less make donations for many worthy causes in our area and world-wide. That is why I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generosity and support for our Troops. We have received many thank you letters and notes from the Troops and have them saved in two very large notebooks for anyone who would like to read them. Our son, L.Cpl. Eric A. Palmisano, was an amazing young man. He was only 27 years old when he was killed, and his whole life was waiting for him upon his return from Iraq, including his fiancé Claire. Eric had only been in the Marine Corps for 13 months, including boot camp training, and had been in Iraq for only 2 months. During that time he became a proud, exemplary Marine, and he followed in the proud tradition of a family of Marines, with his grandfather, his uncle and his cousin having been Marines before him.